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Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art was established in 1845 as the first Government School of Design in the UK outside London, and is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s foremost institutions for creative education and research. Throughout its long history, the School has provided a library service to its staff and students, and is well-known for its famous library interior designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1907-1909. Today’s library collections encompass a wide range of traditional and electronic formats, but its Special Collections, a selection of which are showcased here, include a number of rare or valuable titles, some dating back to the sixteenth century.

Sadly, a proportion of this historic collection was destroyed by fire in May 2014, but we are actively working to replace the lost volumes, some of which can be viewed here.

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Glasgow School of Art
by Palladio, Andrea (1508-1580)
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Book 1 features a dedication page from Robert Peake to Henry, Prince of Wales. Manuscript note dated 1756 on verso of book 3, chapter 4, fol. 1: "On the sixth of Nov. the Rotunda of the ancient Pantheon at Rome suddenly fell in, to the [ ] demolition of that amazing
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Gothic type, often in double column. AD woodcut monogram of Albrecht Durer on title page. c.136 full-length woodcuts of human figures in proportion. 4 folding woodcut diagrams and numerous smaller woodcut diagrams in text depicting hands, arms and head in closer detail.
Includes dedication page to Queen Anne. Also includes approbation by Christopher Wren, John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
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Instructional card published by Vyse and Hill, Wolfe Street, Stoke on knitting socks for men and boys inserted to front, and inscribed S. E. Aug 11th 1900. Newspaper cutting of Princess Elizabeth as a baby in Hyde Park before her trip to Scotland also inserted.
Agent's trade label pasted on to title page: All information regarding supplying the above, also special designs and estimates, will be supplied by G[eorge]. H. Potts, agent, 92 Princes Street, Edinburgh. Further Potts label to exterior binding. Former GSA library label inside front cover marking location as cupboard P shelf 77. Pencil manuscript inscription Robert Robertson 359 to title page, now crossed through. Further pencil inscription School of Art. Further pen manuscript inscription, now...
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Comprises issues X-XXI January - December 1834.
Miscellaneous nineteenth and twentieth century illustrated and photographic postcards, showing architectural details and scenes. Mostly from Great Britain and France, and some with manuscript messages and inscriptions.
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Glasgow School of Art
by Shaw, Henry
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Most plates published 1825-1826 by Messrs Priestley and Weale, High Street Holborn, London.
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Miscellaneous full-colour engraved plates of Central European costume and fashion, collected and pasted into scrapbooks.
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Glasgow School of Art
by Naganari Kodama
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Library stamp of Glasgow School of Art, Haldance Academy to front. Label of B T Batsford, Architectural
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Two books bound as one: Third book - Fourth book. Pencil annotations atop most plates. Third book: plate XX is double-fold. Fourth book: plates VIII, XIV, XXI, XXX, XXXVII, XLII, LI, LVII, LXXVII, XCIV are double-fold.
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Miscellaneous full-colour engraved plates of Central European costume and fashion, collected and pasted into scrapbooks.
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Miscellaneous full-colour engraved plates of Central European costume and fashion, collected and pasted into scrapbooks.
Chromolithographic plates
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Chromolithographic plates
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Embossed prize stamp of Committee of Council of Education, Science and Art Department national competition to title page.
Glasgow School of Art
by Gill, Eric
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Red cloth binding with gold-stampled EG monogram to front and gold letters to spine. Original buff paper dust jacket with red sans serif letters around red rectangles bearing Gill's monogram and '25' in white manuscript. White nude female dancers to rear. Historiated initial by Gill to start of Introduction.
Glasgow School of Art
by A. F. Stoddard and Company
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Glasgow School of Art
by Gowans, Adam Luke
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Adam Luke Gowans graduated with an MA from the University of Glasgow in 1895 before entering publishing. This scrapbook was probably used to compile examples of historiated initials and letters that could be used as the basis for those in his published works.
Includes booklet of accompanying descriptive notes in internal pocket.
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Newspaper cuttings pasted in to rear. Typewritten date label 10 Apr 1908 pasted to rear. Uninscribed armorial shield with lion rampant to verso of title page. Bookbinder's trade label John P Gray
Glasgow School of Art
by A. F. Stoddard and Company
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Glasgow School of Art
by Bairei, Kono
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by A. F. Stoddard and Company
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Glasgow School of Art
by Maekawa Bunrei
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by Bairei, Kono
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Plates bear embossed stamp bearing legend 'Science and Art Department, VR, Award for Local Medals,' for the Committee of Council on Education
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by Billings, Robert William
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Nineteenth century green cloth binding with decorative blind-tooled borders and central motif. Gold lettering to spine.
Original coloured paper covers. Late 20th century paper and oilcloth covers surrounding. "Published under the authority of the Department of Science and Art, and recommended in its list of publications." Victoria Regina insignia to title page.
Early 20th century green cloth binding with Art Nouveau style letters, repeated candle flame motif, and vignette of stylised flame. Gold-stamped letters and candle flames to spine. Printed by Richard Clay & Sons, London.
Original coloured paper covers. Late 20th century paper and oilcloth covers surrounding. Publisher's advertisements to rear. "Published under the authority of the Department of Science and Art, and recommended in its list of publications." Victoria Regina insignia to title page.
Glasgow School of Art
by Macbeth, Ann
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Early 20th century yellow cloth binding with black-printed letters, plain border and illustration of a shoe. Retains blue paper dust jacket with blue printed letters and illustrations. Publisher's device to title page. Printed by Butler & Tanner, Frome.
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Mid-late 19th century red buckram binding with red leather to corners and spine. Plain gold borders. Gold tooled 'Greetings Cards' to spine. Scrapbook of mounted greetings cards for Christmas, New Year and Valentine's Day.
Glasgow School of Art
by Carpenter, Henry Barrett
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Includes several full-colour plates of decorative colour harmonies and combinations. Printed by John Heywood, Deansgate, Manchester.
Glasgow School of Art
by Macbeth, Ann; Spence, May
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Printed by Butler & Tanner, Frome
Rebound in twentieth century blue buckram with gold-tooled letters to spine. 'Frills & flounces for 1925.' Published annually 1922-1926. Each issue contains a diary and note page and introductory essay on fashions by writers of the day. Printed in photogravure and hand coloured in stencil and watercolour on wove paper. The almanacs have decorative covers, each containing 12 pochoir plates by Barbier, one for each month.
Nineteenth century calfskin binding with embossed decorative border. Portrait frontispiece reads 'The booke of architecture by Vincent Scamozzi, Mr. Builder of Venice. With very large additions by other hands.' Some pencil calculations inside front cover. Pencil drawings, including grandfather clock on verso of plates 27, 30. Double-fold rule immediately preceeding page 17 and further inserted engravings, some double-fold, in the remainder of this section. Measurement tables to rear...
Original coloured paper covers. Late 20th century paper and oilcloth covers surrounding. "Published under the authority of the Department of Science and Art, and recommended in its list of publications." Victoria Regina insignia to title page. Advertisement for Architectural Museum, Canon Row, Parliament Square to rear.
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by Macbeth, Ann
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Rebound in 20th century blue cloth with gold-stamped letters to spine.
Manuscript signature 'Campbell Douglas, Glasgow' on title page. Typed label inside to front: 'gifted by Mrs Campbell Douglas. November 1920.' Directions to binder printed to rear. Rebound in blue twentieth century buckram. Former library number painted in white onto spine. Decorative frontispiece. Dedication page to the noblemen and gentlemen educated at Eton School. Manuscript description and rendering of the arms of Whale to rear.
Printed by C. Whittingham, Took's Court, Chancery Lane, London. Publishers' descriptions of other Shaw publications pasted-in to front. Pencil notations throughout. Rebound in twentieth century black cloth with gold letters to spine.
Purchased as part of the Stoddard Design Library collection, 2009. Stamp of A. F. Stoddard & Co. Ltd. on the cover. Missing plates 9, 27. Duplicate plates throughout. Library's copy exhibited at Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005 held at Glasgow School of Art from 9 November 2013-11 January 2014.
Early 20th century brown oilcloth binding with Glasgow Style black-printed letters and stylised upturned heart motifs.
Glasgow School of Art
by Sadahide, Utagawa
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Nineteenth century Japanese binding in paper covers, stitched with green thread. Paste-on paper title panel to rear, along with inventory label bearing 791. Includes 1 fold-out loose-leaf page of Japanese text.
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Miscellaneous full-colour engraved plates of European costume and fashion, collected and pasted into twentieth century scrapbook with green oilcloth boards and green buckram to corners and spine. scrapbooks.
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Printed by Ballantyne & Co., Edinburgh. Nineteenth century brown cloth binding with decorative blind-tooled motif to centre. Gold lettering to spine.
Engraved plates of architectural shapes and geometries, some doublefold. Trade labels for James and Joseph Thomson, booksellers and stationers, 39 Market Street, Manchester, inside front cover. Printed by C. and J. Adlard, Bartholomew Close, London.
Nineteenth century brown cloth binding with brown leather to spine. Manuscript inscription on title page: 'Campbell Douglas, from his friend John Stevenson, January 1852.' Further inscription, illegible, inside front cover. Donation from Mrs. Campbell Douglas noted in Glasgow School of Art's Annual Report for 1920-1921 (p. 8) and Governors' Minutes of 29 November 1920. Includes genealogical tables. Engraved frontispiece. Dedication to Baron Sudeley. Printed by Moyes & Barclay, Castle...
Glasgow School of Art
by Haebler, Oskar
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Purchased as part of Stoddard Design Library collection, 2009. Some plates cut-down with remnants filed to back. Spine broken. Missing plates 1, 13, 31, 64, 70. Plates 5, 20, 34, 62 are cut-down.
Nineteenth century calfskin binding with plain gold tooled border and decorative marbled interior papers
Glasgow School of Art
by Young, Fred Henry
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Mid twentieth century green cloth binding with red-printed letters, borders and Templeton logo to front. Original red, white and pink dust jacket. Includes portrait frontispiece of author. Timeline of partners to rear. "This booklet has been published in limited numbers and in modest form, necessary because of war-time conditions." Item exhibited at Carpets of Distinction, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh from 10 November 2012 - 12 January 2013. Part of the Stoddard Design Library...
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Nineteenth century red textile binding with yellow leather and gold tooling at the spine. Stitch bound. Label of Leightons, 40 Brewer Street, [London] on inside rear cover.
Glasgow School of Art
by Thompson, Charles Thurston
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Red cloth porfolio with gold-tooled Victoria Regina vignette to front. Red leather to spine. Original ribbon tie now lost. Plates now numbered in manuscript.
Late nineteenth century paper covers, printed in full-colour with title vignette. Stitch bound. Former library accession plate of 152 to spine. Includes full-colour frontispiece. Publishers' catalogue to rear. Bookplate of Glasgow School of Art and Haldane Academy. Lending Library inside front cover. Originally published Dean & Munday, Threadneedle Street and A. K. Newman & Co., Minerva Press, Leadenhall Street, London, 1823.
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Eighteenth century calfskin binding. 5 bands to spine, with red title panel and black volume panel.
Mid nineteenth century marbled paper boards with brown leather to corners and spine. Blind-embossed borders. 5 bands to spine with gold-tooled letters and borders. Green leather title panel. Former library accession plate of 147 to top of spine. Booksellers label of W. B. Robinson, 194 Sauchiehall Street and 105 New City Road, Glasgow inside front cover. Purchased as part of Glasgow School of Art Library's Foundation Collections. Accession no. 140 in early accessions register (lending library),...
Eighteenth century calfskin binding with 4 bands to the spine, separated by gold tooling. 'Epicteti' in gold tooling on red title band. Bookplate of J. Stewart Hepburn of Colquhalzie by Kirkwood and Son inside front cover. Motto 'keep tryste'. Type by Alexander Wilson & Son, Glasgow. Library's copy exhibited at The Page Right Printed: an exhibition of the work of the private presses from William Morris to the present day, held at Glasgow School of Art from 1-12 May 1973 (exhibit 3).
Glasgow School of Art
by illustrated with forty plates drawn and etched by the author
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Nineteenth century brown buckram binding with blind tooled plain borders and floriate decoration. Gold tooled letters and caryatid to spine. Pencil manuscript notations to rear. Includes 'Report from the Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Earl of Elgin's collection of sculptured marbles' (p.137-151). Bookplate inside front cover: 'This book is on deposit loan from the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.' Trade label of bookseller at 101 Buchanan Street, Glasgow inside front...
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by Nepos, Cornelius
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Eighteenth century brown calfskin binding with gold tooled borders. Type by Alexander Wilson & Son, Glasgow. Library's copy exhibited at The Page Right Printed: an exhibition of the work of the private presses from William Morris to the present day, held at Glasgow School of Art from 1-12 May 1973 (exhibit 5).
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Eighteenth century calfskin binding. 5 bands to spine, with red title panel and black volume panel.
Published to celebrate 100 years of carpet manufacture 1862-1962. Includes loose-leaf commemorative compliments slip. Paper: made in Scotland by Alexander Cowan and Sons and Tullis Russell and Co. Letterpress printed by Pillans and Wilson, Edinburgh. Lithography and cover printed by McFarlane and Erskine, Edinburgh. Stitch bound by Hunter and Foulis, Edinburgh. Purchased as part of the Stoddard Design Library collection, 2009.
Printed by Robert MacLehose and Co., Glasgow. Manuscript inscription of J. S. M. Jack, Apr 1955 to front. Purchased as part of the Stoddard Design Library collection, 2009.
Stitch bound in late 19th century brown plain cloth binding. Yellow paper endpapers. Manuscript inscription to front Donald F. Maclean, Halifax, N.S., 1984. Part of Stoddard Design Library.
Nineteenth century marbled paper binding with gold-tooled red leather to corners and spine. 5 bands to spine with decorative gold-tooled borders and gold letters. Marbled endpapers. Purple ribbon marker. Printed by F. Humble & Son, Saddler Street, Durham. Includes frontispiece of west view of Durham Cathedral. Bookplate of Thomas Adam inside front cover with motto "perseverantia vingit", "perserverance overcomes".